Happy New Year!
As the festive season has all but finished, and we’ve all gorged on mince pies, left-over turkey and (probably) too much booze, so ends our third year of 12 Devs of Xmas, an annual festive round up of tutorials and articles on new and exciting technologies and tricks in the web-development world.
We had some amazing articles from 12 incredible authors (some of whom have written / spoken for us before) and for that, we are eternally grateful.
So let’s have a round up of the season shall we?
Helen Armfield talks about the state of computing education for children today. With the new curriculum changes, coding is going to be taught from a much earlier age. But is this just a case of box-ticking, are we seeing these changes for the correct reasons, or is it sacrificing real education instead?
Ashley Nolan discusses the evolution of how we interact with the web. Taking a look back at the simplicity of the past all the way through to the more engaging methods seen today, Ashley explores this evolution showing some great real-world examples and ponders the potential future uses for these emerging technologies.
Returning author Ruth John shows us some new tricks with some future web technologies: web components! In this hands on tutorial, Ruth guides us through how to build a web component introducing new concepts like templates, the Shadow DOM, and custom elements.
Steve Workman delivers a fantastic article on responsive design and how we should also be thinking of big screens when we complete our front-end builds.
Ian Feather takes a look at performance with a focus on image rich designs. Using a real-life case-study of the Lonely Planet website redesign, Ian takes a look at some of the techniques you can for some worthwhile performance gains.
Simon Cox takes a detailed look at the art of Caulking a website. There’s always a lot of things going on around the launch of a site so some simple things could get easily missed. Simon takes a look at how you can go about making your website launches as tight as possible and preventing any unwanted leaks.
Harriet Pulford takes an interesting look at icon fonts. Icon fonts have become more and more common over the last year or so enabling us to enhance our user interfaces and hopefully create a better user experience. However in this article Harriet explores beyond the everyday uses, showing us what else can be created with some cool icon font experiments on the web today.
Andi Smith takes a detailed look at improving your workflow with Grunt. Whether you’ve never heard of Grunt or even if you use it daily, in this article Andi will guide you through everything from getting started through to some handy tips on how to get the best out of Grunt in your projects.
Rémy Bach takes you through how you can be the proud owner of your very own robot butler with Hubot. Fed up of searching Youtube manually or Googling for translations? Then this article is exactly what you need to create your very own robot to serve your every need and with some interesting add-ons too!
Adam Onishi takes another look into some WordPress functionality, this time: how to enhance your themes with WordPress hooks. Hooks are one of the core factors that makes WordPress such a great platform, allowing developers to manipulate the functionality of the WordPress core without modifying the code itself.
And there we have it, 12 great articles to round off the festive period. We hope you enjoyed reading these and even playing with the code. If you’ve built something off of one of these articles, we’d love to hear about it!
Oh, and before we forget, are you interested in writing for us next year?